Two shelves in the linen closet are exploding with rice bag heating pads (learn how I make them here), empty jars I use to hold my sugar scrubs, first aid stuff - you know, everything except linens. I want a new place to stash this stuff and allow my linen closet to hold linens again. Crazy town, I know.
I have a big boring wall above the toilet in the guest bathroom...
I have two crates and three 2013 DIY Goals: create storage, use what I have first before buying materials, and add personality to the guest bathroom...
Fruit Crate Storage Shelf
How to Hang Vintage Wood Crates on a Wall
One issue with vintage wood crates is the wood may not be as sturdy as it looks. Instead of hanging the crate by drilling holes and screws though the back of the crate itself, I cut a piece of reclaimed wood from my wood stash and screwed it to the back of the crate to use as a cleat of sorts. I screwed the cleat to the center of the crate because the wood at the top of the crate isn't as sturdy as the center section.
I didn't install the screws in a straight line- oops!
Let's call that Adding Character instead of a Screw Up.
I screwed a Hangman Mirror and Picture Hanger to the top of the crate and to the wall. My original plan was to use the Hangman hangers to hang the crates, but I didn't trust that the thin wood I screwed to the hanger to would hold the weight of the crate over time.
Can I tell you how much I love these hangers? I keep Hangman hangers in my workshop because once I discovered how easy they are to use to hang heavy pictures, I always have them on hand. You can get more information about them here.
The built in level is my BFF because I'm awesome at installing two
hangers that are just a tiny bit off that the item doesn't hang level.
Naturally there isn't a wall stud I can screw the hangers to where I want to hang the shelf. That's when I grabbed the heavy duty drywall anchors from the garage. Drywall anchors will allow me to hang the shelf where I want and keep the crate shelf from crashing off the wall from the weight of the items I put on it.
You can get wall anchors similar to mine here.
I drilled a pilot hole in the wall and used a screwdriver to screw the wall anchor into the wall. Easy!
Then I used my other shelf hanging BFF, my Craftsman right angle impact driver (get more info about it here) to drive the screw that comes with the wall anchor through the wood cleat and into the wall anchor.
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